Green Flash Saison Diego
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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #1,941
ABV:
4.2%
Score:
83
Ranked #41,060
Avg:
3.65 | pDev: 12.05%
Reviews:
134
Ratings:
656
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Green Flash Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance has a hazy golden yellow colored body. Lacing slides in the chalice but clings in the pint glass. The smell has orange peel up front combined with coriander, ginger and hops. Some lemon comes out more so as it warms. The taste is mainly citrus, yet spicy and somewhat refreshingly sweet. The palate is about a light to medium, sessionable, appropriately carbonated and for my liking. Overall, pretty nice Saison at least to me. I'd have again.

Jun 27, 2017
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descobar from Florida

3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(2012) 22 oz Bomber
I expected to throw away this bottle, seeing that saisons are very delicate and that this is a session level abv (4.5%) beer. NOT to be
Look: deep golden with a lovely thick, frothy off white head about an inch in height. head has excellent retention (even after minutes there's still a quarter inch present) and nice lacing rings are observed.
Smell: slight funk, bretty aroma is prevalent. yeasty phenolics and spices are present (something I couldn't figure out turns out to be ginger, but its subtle). no trans 2 nonenal oxidation is detected. just a light solventy thing going on in the background...
Taste: just slightly sour (not even quite tart). light wheat cereal malt flavors combine with orange and spices and mild hop bitterness. the ginger has almost disappeared. very mellow but balanced.
Palate: body is medium and texture very creamy which follows the look of the foam. carbonation is lively and astringency very soft. The finish is short and very dry. A good trait in a saison.
Overall: wow. a 4.5% almost 5 year old beer has almost no aging elements (off flavors and/or aromas)??? it's maybe mellowed to a point where some might find it uninteresting. but its subtle funkyness and soft spices make it a very enjoyable session beer.

Jun 16, 2017
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aleigator from Germany

3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Big white head, slightly yellow body. Wheat aroma, some spices, nearly like a belgium triple. Taste is pretty refreshing, a nice body, well balanced. Some peppers and cardamon in it, also orange. Not a long lasting taste, but very refreshing.

Dec 18, 2015
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For an unfiltered beer, it's awfully clear. Bright yellow, big head that slips down to nil with a quickness.

Aroma: Spice is on top of things, initially, backed up with citric notes, and Belgian funkification.

Taste: Crisp, refreshing bite, clean, smooth. Light bodied, with a mild hop bitterness. Light bodied, easy drinking. Bright citrus character reveals itself, distinguished from the spice.
Good hot weather quencher here. Very toss-back-able, although I feel it may be slightly strong, perhaps higher than 7%, but not much higher, could even be 8+? (No, it's 4.2%!)

I like this. Good beer, and I can drink it.

Oct 04, 2015
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ClavisAurea from New York

3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classic saison look, smell, and flavor. Nice to see a traditional farmhouse ale brewed to historic strength. Nothing Imperial about this brew. Just delicious.

Sep 29, 2015
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost clear, bright yellow color with white head. Very nice, floral aroma with some honey and lemon tones. Taste is slightly tart, refreshing, with the same honey and lemon. Medium body, very easy to drink. Overall this was better than expected.

Jul 29, 2015
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wiseguywood from Indiana

3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A nice Farmhouse ale. Pours with a nice head, it's slightly hazy golden yellow.
Smells nice with the typical bit of sourness. Good mouth feel, and an overall very decent brew.

May 18, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Starts with a fruity sour aroma. Hazy straw to gold, white fluffy head, very clean and light, has the saison malt, as it warms more Saison flavors emerge and more malty caramel comes out as well.

May 10, 2015
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Qbdoo from Illinois

2.86/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Looks appetizing in the typical saison way: a bright golden color with a nice frothy head. But after that there's not a lot going on. The scent and the taste show hints of orange and ginger, but it's pretty subdued. What's more, the taste was slightly metallic. Might hit the spot after a day in the hot sun, but otherwise a fairly run-of-the-mill beer. My first disappointing beer from Green Flash.

Update: as I make my way through the four-pack my estimation of the beer goes down. More metal with each beer.

Apr 15, 2015
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Jadjunk from Georgia

3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

No label information. Saison Diego is brewed in the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale with spices added. Available in 12 oz. bottled 4 packs and on draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Served above 51 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a billowing explosive stiff foam frothed head of a snow white complexion over a pale straw yellow body with ample agitated carbonation and fine flecked sediment in tow. Retention is very good and lacing is moderate and patchy. 4.25

(Smell) Yeast notes forward of summer fruit, peppery spice and soft funk, very clean but very potent. Mild malt notes of pale, soft malted wheat and cracker malts form a delicate and body with a light sweetness enhanced by the potent sweetness of peach and apricot juice, and balanced out with effervescent peppery spices of coriander and white peppercorns. Potency is moderate. 4

(Taste) The flavor profiles much of the same notes that the aroma suggests in varying degrees of intensity. The malt notes of cracker malt, wheat and pale generate a very soft body, almost a bit too shallow on sweetness, but somewhat saved by yeast notes of stone fruit juices, notably peach and apricot which generate a soft artificial sweetness to keep the beer from being perceived as too dry. The spiciness of the coriander and peppercorn spices added plus the yeast character comes off as quite brisk, perhaps too ambitious for the malt profile in question, overshadowing the balance and drying out the palate. There is no notable hop profile and most of the bitterness comes from spices added. Finishes very dry with a lingering fruit juice and peppery spiciness on the end. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) The texture is smooth, medium silky and very dry. Carbonation is brisk, generating a medium frothiness and a boldly crisp finish. The body is shy of medium for the style, medium overall. Balance is slightly spicy and earthy bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 3.25

(Overall) There's no denying that I find this beer very enjoyable all-around. Arguably a bit simplistic for the style, the yeast and spice character joins together to make one of the most drinkable and flavorful farmhouse ales out there. There's very little funk and a very ambitious blend of spices which may not be for everybody, but with the aid of a yeast-borne fruit juice-aided malt profile, there's a lot of flavor and character to savor in this beer. While I haven't tried many of Green Flash's beers, this is a very enjoyable ale and one that will have me looking into more of their Belgian-style beers. 3.75

Green Flash Brewing Co.'s
Saison Diego Farmhouse Ale
3.79/5.00

Mar 19, 2015
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Cyberkedi from Georgia

3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Strong, malty aroma has a firm yeasty and fruity overtone. Pours a clear, bubbly solar yellow with a thick, fine-bubbled pale buff head. Yeasty, fruity flavor has a malty note and just a whisper of grass. Firm, smooth texture has plenty of life and fizz. Sit back with this one!

Feb 16, 2015
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Edoeur from Alabama

5/5  rDev +37%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a nice looking glossy orange to amber color. A nice foamy white one finger head started off the look on the top of this beer. After the head died off, the lacing was mainly stringy to a slight spider web fashion. The smell was fresh cut grass with a large amount of yeasty breadiness over a sweet lemon to orange aroma leading to a slight bitterness. Light coriander/spice graced the back end of the aroma. The taste was mainly the same and amplified the yeasty part and the sweet lemon. As it warmed, I got the flavor of the coriander/spice a bit more. The mouthfeel was slightly sharp but still carried a fair smooth yeastiness with a slight bitter citrus rolling over my tongue. Overall, yeah, can ya tell by the way I talk in this one how much I like this one? Though I haven't had too many saisons, glad I studied up a bit before I said something on this totally enthralling brew.

Jan 30, 2015
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ordybill from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a tulip glass Aroma- has a wheat and grass aroma with added citrus. Appearance- Pours an impressive orange color with a thick small white head. Taste- Had a very good yeast and citrus taste, very refreshing. Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Overall- A really good saison, I will drink this again.

Nov 28, 2014
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SitkaSteve from Idaho

4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a nice looking glossy orange to amber color. A nice foamy white one finger head started off the look on the top of this beer. After the head died off, the lacing was mainly stringy to a slight spider web fashion.
The smell was fresh cut grass with a large amount of yeasty breadiness over a sweet lemon to orange aroma leading to a slight bitterness. Light coriander/spice graced the back end of the aroma.
The taste was mainly the same and amplified the yeasty part and the sweet lemon. As it warmed, I got the flavor of the coriander/spice a bit more.
The mouthfeel was slightly sharp but still carried a fair smooth yeastiness with a slight bitter citrus rolling over my tongue.
Overall, yeah, can ya tell by the way I talk in this one how much I like this one? Though I haven't had too many saisons, glad I studied up a bit before I said something on this totally enthralling brew.

Sep 23, 2014
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MartzMimic from Oklahoma

3.24/5  rDev -11.2%

Poured from a bomber into a Teku glass. Clear gold in color with a substantial bubbly head. Has a fairly strong aroma of banana, cloves and a bit of barnyard funk. These are all present in the taste, but everything's fairly muddled, almost like it has been cut with water. Medium light mouth with a lot of carbonation, leaving it dry and crisp. This is the first Green Flash brew that has left me disappointed. I much prefer their Rayon Vert.

Sep 01, 2014
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Clear yellow with a white covering. Aroma of malt, orange, lemon, and a slight basement funkiness. Tastes of lemon, white grape, faint brett and yeast. Light and dry. Nothing wrong here, but nothing to write home about.

Aug 16, 2014
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keithmurray from Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottled on 3/2013

Appearance - clear golden color with white head

Smell - lemon, ginger, coriander

Taste - lemon, ginger, coriander

Mouthfeel - medium body, high amount of carbonation, citrus upfront, slight bit of sourness/tartness in the finish

Overall - pleasantly surprised by this one. Saison fans won't be disappointed by this

Price Point - $1.99/22 oz bottle

Jun 15, 2014
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brewskifan55 from Mississippi

3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter

A: A hazy soft yellow with off-white one-finger head that settled quickly. Curtainy lacing.

S: Funky, barnyard (oats, hay), Brett, Belgian yeast, lemons.

T: Smooth and semi-sweet. The citrus slides in with a nice Belgian yeastiness backing it up. Fresh lemons, a bit floral. Very summery. Brett and cloves in the background.

M: Light to medium with medium carbonation. A dry finish.

O: A very decent saison from Green Flash. Would try again. Very sessionable.

May 27, 2014
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bright yellow color with a 1 inch head, lots of carbonation. Smell is musty, spices, yeast. Taste is lots of spice, some lemons, a bit of mustiness as well, very easy drinking. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer, but there are better saisons out there.

May 02, 2014
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Howler fill at Liquor Shed in Casper.

A hazy light gold pour that produced about an inch of foam but it never goes away. Lacing? Yep.

It smells some what spicy with some of that ginger, coriander, hint of pepper, and a dash of lemon or orange?

The taste matches the smell. Good gingery notes and oranges, The ginger gives me a little bit of heat when I swish the beer in my mouth. I don't really get any coriander but it's still a good tasting brew.

Light body and carbonation.

A pretty good Saison and the fact that it's only 4.2% abv is something I like aboot it. Yeah, the body does suffer but there's no problem drinking the 32oz in one sitting.

Apr 30, 2014
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bark from Sweden

3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 05/26/13.

The colour is pale gold with a tint of cool orange. The liquid is clear. The foam builds with a fizzing sound; it is white compact and two fingers high. It sinks slowly leaving lots of lacing.

The smell is hoppy and bitter. Orange peel and tart unripe berries. Soapy phenols and spicy flavours. Sticky sweet notes in the background. Cleaner and sweeter than expected.

The taste is fresh and bitter-tart with smooth fruity notes of orange peel, yeast, alcohol, orange juice and cloves. Medium body. The (less sweet) aftertaste got some alcohol, peppery spicy flavours and refreshing bitter hops. Cardamom and cooves in the finish.

The carbonation is strong, the many large bubbles are long-lived. The liquid is light.

Easy to drink with pleasant spices. I am surprised that the bitterness is so fresh after almost a year.

Apr 22, 2014
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FitnessForBeer from California

3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a dark orangish yellow, little head, cloudy
S: funk, spice, fruits tropical, love the barnhouse funk
T: light, little sweetness, spice possibly light pepper, funky, orange, flavor fades really fast
M: highly carbonated, fine bubbles
O: not bad saison, wish the flavor didn't fade off the tongue so fast, very refreshing though

Apr 12, 2014
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For_those_near_death from Switzerland

3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Pairs well with buffalo wings, sauce on the tart side.

A - impressive

S - does not prepare you

T - ka'zing --- have food to match

M - accomodating

O - it has its place....can any of us say more about ourselves? :)

Serving type: the tall lonely bottle...found at costco

Feb 12, 2014
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TastyAdventure from Kentucky

3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Massive 4 finger head with lacing, white soap suds, shining clear gold.

S - a little banana, white pepper, not strong smells

T - pretty dry, complex but no flavors are really intense, earthy/barnyard yeast

M - nice carbonation

O - fantastic for the style.

Feb 10, 2014
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phideltashaggy from Tennessee

3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured form the bottle into my large Chimay goblet.

A- translucent straw color. White head quickly dissipated

S- Love the smell of this. Belgian yeast, pepper (grains of paradise?), fruit (hint of banana and some tropical/citrus)

T- Kind of a let down from the smell, but it's just a bit too acidic for me. Lots of citrus, especially lemon.

MF- Very thin. Acidity tingles the tongue and the back of the throat.

Overall, not my favorite saison, but not a bad beer at all. I have acid reflux and generally don't care for citrusy beers, so take my opinion with a grain of salt.

PS, pairs nicely with basil citrus turkey jerky.

Feb 07, 2014
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